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  • A Better Tomorrow

    A Better Tomorrow

    ★★★★

    Kicking myself that I didn’t beg or borrow a Blu-ray when I screened this for my film students this week, but the image quality didn’t seem to hinder their enjoyment much: truly a delight to watch it with them. They responded in all the right ways: laughed loudly  (e. g. when the cello goes through Tsui Hark’s window) or gasped and groaned (e.g. at that epic Mark/Chow Yun-fat nose bleed) or were utterly silent (e.g. during that final brotherly display of love and sacrifice). 

    Reminds me just how beautifully communal a thing it is when there’s a great movie and a great, engaged audience.

  • Heat

    Heat

    ★★★★½

    You’d think I’d hate the hyper masculinity of the Mann-verse, but somehow I fall for it. Every time.  

    And finally (!) catching up with this was no different. 

    But can it even be called hyper masculinity? It’s a male-centered world: men and their tools, men and their guns, men and their jobs, men and their cars, men and their women, men and their money, men and their city. But there’s some other quality here and in Mann that doesn’t feel…

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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Random (very spoilery) notes:

    -The title/place name is oddly specific for such a nondescript town/place. Why the title? Is the town name important? Is it a small town? Large town? Small enough for one character to know about another character’s illness, but too big for hospital staff to know they shouldn’t put the perpetrator of violence in the same room with the victim of his violence? (But also, the hospital is so small-town they don’t have a separate burn unit?)…

  • Baby Driver

    Baby Driver

    ★★★

    She's adorably sweet (but super sexy in a hot little work uniform number)
    She's totally into you the moment she lays eyes on you (but, you know, not in a slutty way)
    Her interests exactly align with yours (she might tell you about a new song but she'll glow over your amazing tastes)
    She's immediately sympathetic with you (not nasty and suspicious of men like some women)
    She's wonderfully innocent (but totally down for a bit of crime on the…